When Swartz Creek Community Schools in Michigan were closed due to wintry weather on Tuesday, two school administrators decided to make the announcement a little more fun. The pair recorded a snow day song informing parents and students of the closure in a video that’s going viral.
Wearing matching black jackets and sunglasses, Superintendent Ben Mainka and Swartz Creek High Principal Jim Kitchen sing their announcement to the tune of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
It starts with the pair mocking the “epidemic” of videos of school officials singing school. But as they insist that they will “not be humiliating themselves,” the men are interrupted by the opening chords of “Hallelujah.”
“I heard about a winter storm. It’s cold and dreary, stay home, stay warm,” sings Mainka. “It goes like this, when the snow hits, the buses can’t get out of it.”
Principal Kitchen then joins in for the chorus: “It’s a snow day, a winter cold day. Stay home and just play, it’s a great family day.”
The video, which was uploaded by Mainka to YouTube on Monday, has almost one million views already, with people praising the men’s creativity and sense of humor.
“I have been working with schools for over 20 years. I haven’t ever seen anything as amazing as this!” gushes one viewer, while another adds, “Thank you guys for showing how fun and real school employees can be!”
There were also plenty of comments complimenting both men’s singing voices. One person joked, “Well if their day jobs don’t work out, I think they will be covered!!!!” Another even quipped, “Do you take requests?”